Joanne Chesimard, a member of the Black Panthers in the 1970s, was found guilty in 1973 of the murder of a New Jersey state trooper. She escaped prison in 1979 and now lives in Cuba under the name Assata Shakur. Communist dictator Fidel Castro granted her asylum.
“We continue to work closely with the FBI towards the capture of Joanne Chesimard, a convicted felon and fugitive who escaped from jail in 1979 and remains on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List, as well as New Jersey’s Most Wanted List. We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring her back to the United States to finish her sentence for the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. We stand by the reward money and hope that the total of two million dollars will prompt fresh information in the light of this altered international relationship.”